Growing up in California I never really had the opportunity to see a whole lot of fossil exhibits or museums. California just didn't have any. Aside from the famous Cenozoic era themed "La Brea Tar Pits". I have had the privilege to be able to visit this wonderful museum in Las Angeles not that long ago and I was dragging my jaw on the floor throughout the entire exhibit.
For many of you who aren't familiar with this treasure of a museum, it showcases amazing full size skeletons of animals like Smilodon (Sabertooth tiger), The American Lion, Giant ground Sloths, Dire Wolves, Wolly Mammoths, and much more from the Cenozoic Era. I have recently learned that this museum will be undergoing a "slight" makeover. Renovations and construction will start soon, giving this classic museum a more modern touch with multiple floors and the ability to watch paleontologists, geologists, and biologists getting their hands dirty with their on site excavations.
The Tar Pits we know.
I am excited to see the new face of the La Brea Tar Pits. Here is the link to the article showcasing the new mock renderings of what the museum might look like. Let me know what you think. :)